Phone: 520-907-6695
Fax: 505-277-1988

Physical Address

Room 2009
Centennial Engineering Center
Building # 112 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC 01 1070
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Civil Engineering


PhD Environmental Engineering, the University of Arizona, 2014

MS Environmental Engineering, the University of Arizona, 2010

BS Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2008


Lucia Rodriguez-Freire’s doctorate work consisted in investigating the role of microorganisms in the biogeochemical cycle of arsenic and its interaction with the sulfur cycle, by characterizing the process leading to arsenic mobilization/immobilization in the environment. After completing her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona studying the degradation of persistent organic contaminants (perfluorocarbons) using acoustic energy (sonolysis) to break down the molecules.

Dr. Rodriguez-Freire’s research interests are focused in further understanding the interaction between microorganisms and biogeochemical cycles, and their role in the fate of contaminants in the environment, in order to prevent, minimize and/or remediate contaminated sites.

Teaching Interests

  • Water Chemistry
  • Microbiology for Engineers
  • Hazardous Waste Management

Research Interests

  • Bioremediation of metals and metalloids
  • Biogeochemical cycles in the environment
  • Degradation of persistent contaminants

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